The Colors of Space (Monarch 368) by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ralph Brillhart

By Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ralph Brillhart

As younger Bart Steele stood taking a look over the Lhari spaceport, he heard a gong sound, touching off an explosion of caution bells. He appeared up. A starship used to be arriving. Bart ran down the ramp, pondering: "I ponder whether Dad will be aware of me after 5 years." He searched during the crowd, having a look in useless for his father's tall determine. unexpectedly he noticed a fats little guy coming towards him along with his hands outstretched. "Hello, son," the guy acknowledged loudly, greedy Bart's fingers. "Well, boy, you've got convinced grown. yet you are not too grown-up to offer your previous Dad a hug, are you?" Bart began to draw back and stammer that the fellow had made a mistake, however the guy pulled him approximately into his palms. "Bart, hearken to me," the stranger whispered. "Call me Dad, reliable and loud, a good way to stay. simply because, think me, your lifestyles is at risk -- correct now!"

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He leaned his head on his clenched fists, and cried. After a long time he raised his head and blew his nose, his face setting itself in new, hard, unaccustomed lines, slowly coming to terms with the hard, painful reality. His father was dead. His dangerous, dead-in-earnest game of escape had no happy ending of reunion with his father. They couldn't sit together and laugh about how scared he had been. His father was dead, and he, Bart, was alone and in danger. His face looked very grim indeed, and years older than he was.

I'm a Mentorian, remember? I'm good at not remembering things. Just be glad I remember Rupert Steele. " Raynor Three swung to Bart. " He indicated the Mentorian cloak. Pull the hood right up over your head. " Bart felt like cringing as they came out into the street full of Lhari; but Raynor Three whispered, "Attack is the best defense," and went up to one of the Lhari. " "A passenger on the ship got away without going through- Decontam. He may spread disease, so of course we have alerted all authorities," the Lhari said.

No, that was just putting it off. The time had to come when he must face his fear and test his disguise among the Lhari themselves. Reviewing his knowledge of the construction of spaceports, he remembered that one side was the terminal, where humans and visitors and passengers were freely admitted; the other side, for Lhari and their Mentorian employees only, contained—along with business offices of many sorts—a sort of arcade with amusement centers, shops and restaurants catering to the personnel of the Lhari ships.

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